(Family Features)—Year after year, winter proves to be a challenging season, especially when it takes its toll on your home and surrounding property. This year, prepare for the inevitable with these tips:
• Clear gutters and repair roof leaks to avoid clogging from snow.
Don't put cleaning your gutters off until the weather conditions are too unbearable. It is important to clear out your gutters and repair your roof to help avoid major damage from snow and ice.
• Check out your heating system and replace furnace filters
as the temperature drops. You don't want to realize your heater doesn't work and that you're without a warm living space as colder weather sets in.
• Check your windows and doors for cracks, leaks or drafts
and repair them as soon as possible. This improves efficiency within your home and keeps you warm from the cold air and wind. Install a door draft insulator to help prevent air leakage.
• Drain and turn off your sprinkler system.
This may seem like a no brainer, but many people don't remember to complete this task. Drain and turn off your sprinkler system, as well as your hoses, to prevent freezing and other problems.
• Insulate your pipes by wrapping them in insulation or newspapers and plastic.
Doing so will lower the chance of frozen pipes later on. Keep the faucets dripping water so that water is always flowing through the pipes, rather than standing still.
• Invest in a carbon monoxide detector.
Carbon monoxide-related deaths are at their peak during the winter months, so protect yourself from this harmful gas by installing carbon monoxide detectors in every sleeping area and on every level within your home.
• Keep a winter emergency kit in your home.
Include water, blankets, a battery-powered flashlight, a battery-powered radio, emergency flares, energy bars, a pocket knife, rope, jumper cables, a lighter, rock salt and sand in the kit.
• Rock salt or sand your walkways, driveways and other pathways
to improve traction and melt snow and ice. Rock salt melts ice when the temperature is about 12 degrees Fahrenheit. Sand does not melt ice, but improves traction during dangerous conditions. You may consider adding both to your driveway and walkways to ensure optimal safety.
Source: Snow Joe
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